help  restore


In 2021, the Sydney Bus Museum plans to celebrate 40 years of articulated bus operations in Sydney, with the restoration of Mercedes-Benz O305G 'bendy bus' 2556. ​

2556 entered service with the NSW Government (Urban Transit Authority) in 1983. The bus formed part of a fleet of 30 of its type that ultimately formed the backbone of public transport services on Sydney's Northern Beaches, right up until the early 2000s.

2556 was withdrawn from service in April 2010 and subsequently donated by the NSW Government to the Museum for preservation. The bus has since remained in storage and is now planned for restoration.

The Sydney Bus Museum is seeking donations from interested members and the community to assist with the purchase of materials and paint supplies to complete the repainting into the original white, orange and brown livery. 

Preparation work will be undertaken at Leichhardt by Sydney Bus Museum volunteers ahead of painting, which will be performed by a skilled Museum volunteer at Transport Heritage NSW's paint shop in Thirlmere.

We would greatly appreciate any financial assistance to complete this icon of Sydney's past.

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  • Donate online
    Donate online today by visiting our special GoFundMe page.


  • Direct Debit 
    BSB 032-089
    Account no 23 4159 

    Add 2556 Fund in the description, and email us your details if you require a tax receipt.


  • Cheque
    Cheques can be made payable to Sydney Bus Museum and sent to
    Mercedes-Benz 2556 Appeal  
    PO Box 630 Leichhardt NSW 2040

    Include your name and contact details if you require a tax receipt.

Thanks for your support


Public transport on Sydney's Northern Beaches has always relied on high-capacity buses to cope with peak hour loads — from double deckers to bendy buses.